“Serenity, regularity, absence of vanity,Sincerity, simplicity, veracity, equanimity, Fixity, non-irritability, adaptability, Humility, tenacity, integrity, nobility, magnanimity, charity, generosity, purity. Practise daily these eighteen “ities” You will soon attain immortality.”
***POST UPDATE: I had to remove every link and video to TRY to get this to post. It’s been over 2 hours.
I need to work on every one of these “ities”, not to gain immortality, but to be a better person. I have to look up Fixity. That’s new to me.
This weekend was the annual Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival and I went both days. I went on Saturday with Jay and his cousin Mary and then on Sunday I went after church by myself to pick up a few things I had seen for gifts the day before. It’s the oldest Flax Festival in the country now. It used to be the second oldest behind one in Ohio (I think?), and I only discovered it when I moved here 31 years ago and started to use Route 711 more regularly. Since then, I have been trying to volunteer, but was shooed away. I think they thought I was a creepy linen stalker. This year, I finally got to speak with the organizer herself thanks to this volunteer, below, Shelly. She was taking our pancake orders and asked me if we’d been here before and I joked that I have been trying to volunteer forever because it’s my favorite festival but they never call me! She made sure that I met the boss, who has worked tirelessly to keep this Festival going.
This man told me that he has been doing this festival his whole life. He knows a thing or two!
Linen is such a great fabric. I left them my number and contact information. I was looking for some to spin. No luck. I want to try spinning it with alpaca and see what happens. I grabbed Mary, and she gave me a spinning demo aside from the main demonstration. My video won’t play so here’s a screenshot. I’ll keep trying!
I discovered my buddy Toni Ritchey-Ridella and her group from her shop Raggz Fiber Art. They were demonstrating spinning by wheel, Navajo Plying and more. She’s having an event in October and if you are interested it’s called Raggz Fiber Affair and if you like fiber, be there. I’ll be at a wedding and can’t make it this year. It’s a lovely event. Notice how Toni (on the left with the dark hair, is dressed completely in linen?
If you are interested, I have more photos and videos of the whole Flax Scutching process and festival on our Laurel Highlands Alpacas FB Page. I’ll be adding more too.
On my way home, I stopped in Ligonier to visit my friend Peggy at a shop she works at on the weekends. Called “A Victorian Manor”, it’s on East Main Street, and is a real curiosity shop. There is everything you can imagine there from clothing, to plants, to jewelry, to antiques and more. I didn’t know where to look! I’ll have to go back and spend more time. So many interesting things.
The day wasn’t over yet. Home I went and Jay and Connor were hanging out and doing work. Connor was happy that he found his bone and Jay was moving mulch. I still had alpacas to tend!
But what about that moon last night?
As usual, I’ll be working on my website. What would make it better for you? What changes would you like to see? What would make you subscribe? Please share!
In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!